Literary Arts Foundations

Fall 2018
Class Size: 25
Credits per quarter

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book arts, literature, creative writing

This program will provide a supportive and challenging environment for you to grow as a writer and thinker in a learning community that combines rigor, creative play, and collaboration. Our study of literature will begin with a variety of 20th century modernist and postmodernist authors (Woolf, Carrington, Beckett, Borges, and Calvino), which will provide an historical backdrop for our exploration of contemporary literary fiction and poetry (Butler, Ishiguro, McCarthy, Bechdel, and Long Soldier); we'll also work carefully through readings on writing craft and literary theory.

By the end of the program, you will have learned close reading practices and how to build arguable claims about literary texts. You will develop “beyond beginning” skills in library research, research question development, and appropriate use of sources, which will complement the development of  formal writing skills that meet a variety of purposes. Creative writing assignments will push you to heighten your awareness of the craft and of your own creative process and will also enable you to better understand the work of others.

Literary Arts Foundations is an annually repeating program for students interested in building an emphasis in Literary Arts and includes creative writing practice, skill-building in close reading and literary analysis, and discussion of major concepts in literary thought and history that have special relevance to writers. While the syllabus changes each year, Literary Arts Foundations programs are specifically designed to be preparatory for Advanced, Capstone, and other upper division programs in creative writing and literary study. Find more information about Fall 2018 Literary Arts Foundations at . Other programs in 2018-19 include similar foundational experiences, for instance: Unmasking the Material World, The German Program, Dangerous Readings, Writing the Wild West, and Combinatory Play.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

writing, literature, editing, publishing, and the arts. 


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 

Strong, college-level reading and writing skills

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 25

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 9:30 am
SEM 2 C3109 - Seminar

Advertised schedule:

Mon 9:30am-3:00pm (lecture & seminar); Wed 9:30am-1:00pm (guest lectures series & research seminar); Thurs 9:30am - 4:00pm (workshop and seminar).

Located in: Olympia

May be offered again in:

Fall 2019